10 Best Road Trips in the U.S.

by Admin on November 7, 2014

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If you’re looking for an adventure and a true getaway, there is no better way to do so than a road trip. With all the freedom that the open road brings, there is no telling what adventures await. If you don’t know quite where to begin your once-in-a-lifetime trip, we’ve got some ideas for you. Read on to discover the 10 best road trips in the U.S.

The Champlain Valley, Vermont

One of the most picturesque drives you can take in the north, a road trip through the Champlain Valley won’t disappoint. On your drive you’ll see stunning views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains in the distance, and if you take this trip in autumn, amazing foliage. Along the way there are several local breweries and farms where you can taste local beer, cheese and pick your own berries and wildflowers.

The Seward Highway, Alaska

If you need a true adventure, try conquering the final frontier on the Seward Highway. This 127-mile drive will have you traveling through untouched and undeveloped Alaska, giving you incredible views of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, sea lions, whales and everything in between. Before embarking make sure your car has snow tires and a full tank of gas, as this open road has few gas stations and pit stops.

California Coast

This classic road trip along the Pacific Ocean will cause your worries to slip right out the window. This 123-mile drive from Monterey to Marrow Bay, Calif., is home to stunning views of California’s Pacific coastline. Between rocky cliff sides, sandy beaches and endless ocean views, this trip is one you’ll be dreaming of long after its end. It’s a perfect drive for motorcyclists; just make sure you’re prepared ahead of time to stay safe.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

Perfect for anyone who can’t get enough nature, this road trip will satisfy all of your cravings for mountains, valleys and endless sky. This 50-mile long road in Glacier National Park is at an elevation of 6,646 feet with portions of the road carved right into a cliff side. While on this trip, expect amazing views of glaciers and even expect to see a few mountain goats.

Texas State Highway 130

Perfect for anyone looking for a tropical escape, the Hana Highway is sure to please. This 60-mile long rural Maui drive will give you amazing views of more than 60 miles of Hawaiian coastline. While on this untamed road trip be sure to explore the tiny surf towns you’ll find along the way, giving you a true taste of Hawaii.

U.S. Route 1, Maine

Nothing can be more beautiful than the New England coastline. This road trip on U.S. Route 1 is dotted with enough pristine rocky coastlines, idyllic lighthouses and quaint coastal towns to enchant you for the duration of your trip. Try to take the drive in early fall, avoiding vacation traffic, letting you enjoy the views without the tourists.

Big Bend Scenic Loop, Texas

This road trip through west Texas is nothing less than unique. Home to small Texan towns and the expansive Big Bend National Park, this drive will give you a truly diverse experience. However, if you have a need for speed, take the Texas State Highway 130, which was named one of the world’s fastest roads due to its speed limit of 85mph. Despite the high speed limit, there are very few accidents due to the low amount of daily traffic.

Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

If you can’t get enough of the mountains, the Million Dollar highway will no doubt amaze you. This section of U.S. Highway 550 between Silverton and Ouray is two miles above sea level, giving you the elevation to see every incredible mountain range and valley for miles. While on this trip don’t forget to check out the small western towns along the way.

Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This 82-mile long stretch of Route 191 is perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Expect to see elk, buffalo, coyotes and even bear or moose if you’re lucky along your drive. While on this road trip be sure not to miss the Grand Tetons and the western town of Jackson Hole.

Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon

This scenic highway was literally made for road trips. Starting out just east of Portland, this highway winds you through amazing views of the Columbia gorge, along with waterfalls and an astounding view from Crown Point.

Going on a road trip is nothing short of an adventure. Between the tiny towns, new experiences and incredible views you have along the way, the memories from your road trip will stay with you long after you take the keys out of the ignition. Wherever you choose to travel, be prepared for an incredible experience.

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The correct tyre pressure is important for three reasons. The first reason is safety – under inflated tyres can over heat and over inflated tyres can cause poor road handling.

Secondly, underinflated tyres will cost you more money because they suffer more damage and need to be replaced more regularly than a tyre maintained at the correct pressure. If your tyres are under inflated you will also experience higher fuel costs than correct pressure tyres traveling at the same speed due to the increased rolling resistance.

And lastly, if your tyres are at the correct pressure than your vehicle will maintain its optimum fuel efficiency and therefore have lower CO2 emissions than a vehicle with incorrect tyre pressures.

tireTyre inflation and checking tyre pressures are very quick and simple procedures and ones that every motorist should do on a regular basis, around every two weeks, to ensure tyre longevity and road safety. Even if you believe your tyres aren’t losing any air, they will be losing around 2 pounds of air every month, with more air lost in warm weather. Therefore, regular checks in warm weather are needed. Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to inflate your tyre, you can also watch online:

  1. Remove your tyre valve caps – it is important that you have these caps to protect your tyre valves from moisture and dirt.
  2. Attach the tyre inflator hose connector to the tyre valve.
  3. Before you start inflating your tyres you should read the current tyre pressure when your tyres are cold. Your tyre pressure will be displayed on either a magnified display on the handle of the tyre inflator, like the MK3 tyre inflator, or it will be displayed on the air supply which is very common site at fuel garages.
  4. Now you can fully inflate your tyres as specified in your car or truck’s manufacturer manual.
  5. Remember to screw your tyre valve caps on before you drive off.

According to PCL, the correct operating procedure for tyre inflation is to overinflate your tyre slightly and then deflate it down to the desired pressure. Your vehicle’s desired tyre pressure will be specified in the manufacturer’s handbook, it will also recommend suitable tyre pressures if your car is carrying additional weight.

Tyre pressures are not the only aspect of your tyres that need to be regularly checked. You also need to check or have regularly checked:

  1. Tyre thread depth – the minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm across the ¾ of tread throughout the entire tyre circumference. Most manufacturers would recommend that your tyres should be replaced at 3mm tread thickness or your braking distances will be greatly affected. The PCL tyre tread depth gauge has an illegal tyre tread depth mark to help motorists to see when their tyres are no longer road worthy.
  2. Tyre condition – if your tyre has any cuts, bumps or abrasions then it needs to be inspected by a tyre specialist or you run the risk of sudden tyre failure.
  3. Uneven wearing – this is probably indicating that your car has incorrect wheel alignment. Wheel alignment can easily be knocked out of position by potholes.

Remember your tyre’s condition is your responsibility and poor tyres can result in damage to the car or a car crash. Your tyres will not just be worn down by age and use but can be damaged by emergency braking, incorrect tyre pressure and bad road surfaces so regular tyre condition and pressure checks ensure the maximum tyre longevity and fuel efficiency for your vehicle.

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